ENEMY'S FIRST LINE, September 29, 1864-9.30 a.m. (Received 10.35 a.m.)
We are now on enemy's first line. General Ord has carried Chaffin's farm. Our lines still advancing.
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
O. E. BABCOCK,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, September 29, 1864-12 m.
General U. S. GRANT:
The following dispatch has just been received from Major Fisher, chief signal officer:
STATION NEAR FRIEND'S HOUSE,
September 29, 1864-11.40 a.m.
A column of troops numbering about 2,000 has just passed toward Richmond on a side road along the Richmond turnpike. Trains were moving upon the turnpike at the same time, and are still moving. At present a well closed up column is entering Petersburg at the cross-roads. There were at least 4,000 in this column; I did not see the head of it.
B. F. FISHER,
Major and Chief Signal Officer.
General Meade has gone to General Warren's headquarters.
IN THE FIELD,
Junction of Varina and New Market Roads, [September 29, 1864]-12.15 p.m.
Signal officer reports train of sixteen cars, heavily loaded with troops, from Petersburg to Richmond.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
DEEP BOTTOM, September 29, 1864-1.30 p.m.
Re-enforcements are beginning to come from Petersburg. I doubt whether it will be advisable for you to make any advance this evening, but this I leave to your judgement. The works carried this morning are very formidable, equal to Warren's inclosed works. One that I was in had two 8 or 9 inch columbiads and a number of small rifle guns, besides one 100-pounder Parrott. Since writing the above I have received reports of large forces moving from Petersburg toward Richmond. If this continues it may be well for you attack this evening.
U. S. GRANT,